Letting agents, landlords and repossession are riding high on the political agenda at the moment as the Covid eviction ban continues and all three will also get a thorough airing on the new ten-part series of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords due to begin tomorrow night at 8pm.
Filmed prior to the Covid restrictions were introduced, the series’ first programme will include footage of a 13-hour siege by squatters, a guarantor stitched up by his own son, and a landlord who calls on the help of eviction expert Paul Shamplina (pictured) from Landlord Action because his tenant owes £16,000 rent arrears.
The landlord featured is Allen Summerskill from Croydon who, with Shamplina’s help, regained possession of his property in the nick of time before the first lockdown was announced.
“I’ve been a landlord for quite some time and on this particular occasion I went against my better judgement,” he says.
“The tenant said she did not get on with her previous landlord and I should have pursued for a reference but didn’t – it was a mistake.
“I am just so grateful to Paul and his team for everything they did. Had Paul not suggested we go back to the court that day, the eviction may not have gone ahead when it did. Shortly after, the pandemic hit, and I would now be faced with a further 18 months without rent and without my property.”
Shamplina says the series will include several rogue letting agents too.
“We really want to keep banging the drum about the necessity for landlords to carry out thorough due diligence at all stages of the lettings process,” he says.